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Honoring our local EMS heroes

During National EMS Week, MetroHealth celebrates the remarkable heroism of local first responders at our annual Excellence in Emergency Medical Service Awards.

Firefighters, police officers and EMS crews were honored for their extraordinary actions responding to incidents around our region over the past year. Some examples of their valor:

  • One team was able to get a stroke victim inside MetroHealth’s emergency room just 11 minutes after arriving at the patient’s home.
  • Another used air bags to lift a vehicle off a pedestrian who had been struck and critically injured.
  • One group of first responders helped a hiker on the towpath after he’d had a massive heart attack.
  • A group of fire and EMS teams were able to quickly rescue three adults and two children who were seriously injured when their minivan struck a pole.
  • Another team saved the lives of two individuals severely injured in a head-on crashed between a car and tow truck.
  • One crew arrived quickly and saved the life of a man who collapsed in a drug store parking lot.

In all, roughly 60 individuals were honored. They hailed from the Cleveland Fire Department, Cleveland EMS, Parma Heights Fire Department, Fairview Park Fire Department, Fairview Park Police Department, Rocky River Police Fire Department, Brooklyn Police Department, Valley Fire District, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Brooklyn Fire Department.

“You arrive at the scene and turn people’s fears into hope,” MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros told the award recipients and their families at the awards lunch. “You alter the outcomes of the worst days of people’s lives. Thank you for the commitment to our communities. Thank you for saving lives.”

About the MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building, and the 25 acres of green space around it, are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.

MetroHealth will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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